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Oct 8, 2012 4:00am PDT
>>> this morning on "early today," foreign policy showdown. mitt romney gets serious about libya, syria, and more, but president obama hits him hard with a brand-new ad. we'll show it to you. >>> unhitched. two philly wedding celebrations descend into cha as the attendees start brawling. >>> and 48 straight. drew breezes into the record books. this is a big one. >> this is "early today" for monday, october 8th, 2012. >>> very good morning to you, i'm veronica de la cruz. 29 days and counting. there is less than a month to go in the race for the white house, and right now, both candidates are on the road. while the president campaigns in california, mitt romney spent sunday in florida before his major foreign policy speech in virginia today. nbc's tracie potts joins us now live from washington. good morning. >> veronica. good morning. let's talk about the speech. in it today he tries to draw distinctions. we've seen an advanced copy where mitt romney will now argue america is now weaker against our enemies abroad. mitt romney gives a big foreign policy speech in virginia today, bu
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Sep 30, 2012 8:00am PDT
handling of the latest foreign policy crisis, the evolving explanation of what exactly happened in libya when our u.s. ambassador was killed more than two weeks ago on 9/11. we'll hear from a top obama adviser, david plouffe, in a moment. but first, joining me now, the republican governor of new jersey chris christie. welcome back to "meet the press." >> happy to be back, david. good morning. >> the key battleground states, nine of them, we've been polling in nine of them, and all nine it's obama advantage across the board. look at ohio, plus seven. virginia, plus five. these are key states. is the race over? >> absolutely not. and that happened pretty quickly, right, david? you saw the change in those polls happen very quickly. and i'm here to tell you it can happen very quickly back the other way, and i think the beginning of that is wednesday night when governor romney for the first time gets on the same stage with the president of the united states and people can make a direct comparison about them and their visions for the future. and wednesday night is the restart of this campaign
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Oct 8, 2012 6:00am PDT
is set to take aim at the president's leadership and foreign policy at the virginia military institute this morning where he is. coming up at 6:30, we will have live team coverage on both sides of the campaign trail, including specifics on mitt romney's plan to crack down on egypt and that crisis in syria. >>> moving to a developing story in hercules. friends and family holding a vigil for a hercules woman found dead inside of her home over the weekend as police try to track down the person or persons who killed her. neighbors placing flowers and notes outside susie ko's home this weekend. police say somebody killed ko friday night. her husband was working at the time in idaho. ko's children simply devastated. >> very shocking. i found out first thing saturday morning. she had passed friday, but my phone had died. as soon as i turned it off, i got a call from my sister, i found out and just hurried home. >> as part of this investigation police removed the front door of that home as evidence and they say ko's car is also missing. police right now looking for a 2011 sky blue su
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Oct 1, 2012 3:00am PDT
see this race tighten a little bit. >> i want to talk about the foreign policy crisis in libya and the fact that this administration has changed its tune when it comes to describe the raid on our compound that killed our ambassador chris stephens and others. the u.s. ambassador, this is how she described whether or not this was a deliberate act, terrorist attack. this is what susan rice said at the time. >> let me tell you the best information we have at present. first of all, there's an fbi investigation that's ongoing. and we look to that investigation to give us the definitive word as to what transpyred. but putting together the best information we have available to us today, our current assessment is that what happened in benghazi in fact was initially a spontaneous reaction to what transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo which were prompted of course by the video. >> there was a caveat there. she said the fbi was still investigating. but the thought was it was a spontaneous reaction. a couple of days before that, t
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Oct 8, 2012 5:00am PDT
morning where he will speak on foreign policy. tracie potts is live on capitol hill this morning with more on what mitt romney is expected to say. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. at virginia military institute it will be the ninth time in just over a year that mitt romney has addressed foreign policy, an area where he had not been considered as strong as president obama but he will certainly try to establish his credentials today. on the list of topics that he'll discuss, and we've seen an advanced copy of some of his remarks, he's going to hit some of the key points. hot spots in syria, libya, egypt, talk about afghanistan and the war winding down there. a strong military with no defense cuts and israel being our ally. specifically in libya where four americans were recently killed he will say it was the deliberate work of terrorists, of al qaeda, not a result of that u.s.-made video that sparked a protest across the region. he will urge the u.s. to arm the rebels in syria and to help form a palestinian state in israel. however that is not what he said in that secret video m
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Oct 8, 2012 7:00am PDT
try to draw a sharp rhetorical contrast with president obama on foreign policy issues, specifically those in the middle east. among other things according to experts, he will say hope is not a strategy. meanwhile, the president wrapping up a fund-raiser last night in los angeles area, told his supporters this election cycle everything is on the line. >> hello l.a.! >> reporter: enlisting a cast of celebrities, including stevie wonder, president obama picked up a little cash in california sunday night, made a self dep ri indicating illusion to last week's performance in the debates. >> everybody here incredible professionals, great friends, and they just perform flawlessly, night after night. i can't always say the same. >> we're going to win florida, we're going to take back the white house. >> reporter: wrapping up a three day swing through the sunshine state, mitt romney is more confident and relaxed, invigorated by the strong debate and enthusiastic crowds. sunday, he previewed today's foreign policy speech in which he'll paint president obama as weak. >> i commit to you i will b
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Oct 1, 2012 4:30am PDT
foreign policy. in today's "wall street journal" romney calls mr. obama's policies dangerous. both sides are downplaying expectations, giving credit to each other as strong debaters. >> obama is going to be formidable and ike it will be a good debate but i certainly would not underestimate what barack obama brings. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> both sides are already planning their post debate rallies. romney is in virginia with paul ryan on thursday. president obama is staying in colorado. >> wednesday night big one, number one. >> thursday morning will be big here. >> a lot to talk about. >>> a bay area haven to techies has now been saved from closure. we'll have the details coming up next. >>> plus after three straight days of talks, we'll tell you if the sharks are going back on the ice any time soon. >>> and we're looking at traffic back on 880 here. a smooth drive through fremont. let's see how the roadways are going coming up. >>> welcome back, everyon
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Oct 8, 2012 11:00am PDT
is set to take aim at the president's leadership and foreign policy at the virginia military institute where he is this morning. >>> new this morning. a major milestone in achievement for a bay area scientists. uc san francisco researcher shinya yam macha has won the nobel prize for medicine, responsible for a major stem cell break through. christie smith is live at ucsf right now. christie, i guess the question is when exactly did they find out about this? >> i have to tell you, they are buzzing here at ucsf. they tell me they got the call from 2:30 this morning from the cher himself saying he won the nobel prize in medicine from a discovery he started researching in 2006. shinya yamanaka conducted his research here and in japan. the president of the institute and other researchers held a video conference with yamanaka who is still in japan this morning. his prize is in medicine and for his discovery that human skin cells can be reprogrammed so they can take on the properties of any other cells of the body. it was kind of difficult to hear yamanaka this morning. he said he w
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Sep 29, 2012 5:00pm PDT
on foreign policy. >> when president obama was asked about the recent disruption and chaos and violence in the middle east, he said that these were merely bumps in the road. >> thanks. >> bumps in the road also describes what the romney campaign has been unable to avoid in recent weeks. costly distractions, and discouraging poll numbers are upstaging the republican message. >> look at what president obama did on the budget. nothing except borrow and spend. >> when they talk about the culture dependency, about american decline, i can honestly say to you, i don't recognize the country they're talking about. >> reporter: when vice president biden was fighting for votes in florida the president was calling on congress to help homeowners. even as he defended his campaign's weak spot. >> so we're moving in the right direction but we're not there yet. >> reporter: a point up for debate as the presidential candidates get ready for their first showdown on wednesday. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> the first day of the trial of pope benedict's former butler has come to a close. th
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Sep 29, 2012 11:00pm PDT
: days before the first presidential debate, mitt romney is hammering the president on foreign policy. >> when president obama was asked about the recent disruption and the chaos and violence in the middle east, he said that these were merely bumps in the road. >> how are you doing? >> god bless you, sir. >> thanks. >> reporter: bumps in the road also describe what's the romney campaign has been unable to avoid if recent weeks, costly distractions and discouraging poll numbers are upstaging the  message. >> look at what president obama did on the budget -- nothing! except borrow and spend. >> when they talk about the culture of dependency, about american decline, i can honestly say to you i don't recognize the country they're talking about. >> reporter: while vice president biden was fighting for votes in florida, the president was calling on congress to help homeowners, even as he defended his campaign's weak spot. >> so we're moving in the right direction, but we're not there. >> reporter: a point up for debate as the presidential candidates get ready for their first showdown on wednesday.
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Oct 7, 2012 3:30pm PDT
of a major foreign policy speech in virginia, today mitt romney continued assaulting the president's domestic record at a rally in st. lucy, florida. >> i have an opportunity for america right now that's going to get this economy going and create jobs, jobs and more jobs. 12 million jobs, to be specific. >> reporter: earlier, republican surrogates like newt gingrich were out in force on four leading political shows saying the president's debate performance and the administration's response to the latest jobs report. >> the unemployment report has fallen to its lowest since i took office. >> when you have a white house celebrating a 7.8% unemployment record tells a lot about the failed add miministratiadminist policies. >> they had full charge of the first two years, and the policies this president put in place actually made it worse. the middle class is being buried under this administration. >> reporter: meantime, paul ryan enjoyed a mostly leisurely sunday. making a trip to the pumpkin patch with his family. >> how are you feeling about the debate? >> what debate? >> nbc news, wisc
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Oct 8, 2012 4:30am PDT
presidential nominee mitt romney is planning a major foreign policy speech today. he's expected to propose the u.s. take a more assertive role in syria, place conditions on aid to egypt and tighten sanctions on iran. insiders say romney will accuse the president of taking a passive leadership role in the world. the obama campaign says romney is unprepared to be commander in chief. >>> much more relaxing to that race for the white house, it was smooth sailing for one of the biggest weekends here in bay area history. more than a million visitors spending their weekend in the city where there was no shortage of a lot of things to do. we had the blue angels up in the sky. on the land the giants and 49ers. castro street fair along with the strictly bluegrass festival. a lot of people taking advice about not driving into san francisco. b.a.r.t. setting a new ridership record this weekend. mass transit in many different cities simple low packed. >> it's crazy is what it is but, gosh, this is what san francisco is all about. it's great weather, beautiful fall day, lots of people, lots of great ene
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Oct 3, 2012 5:30pm PDT
big libya foreign policy speech that he'd like to do in the next couple of dies, brian. >> chuck todd part of our team there. brings us to this next item. andrea mitchell is another part of our political team in denver. she'll be fact checking the debate for us during our coverage later tonight. but, andrea, because of breaking news on two fronts, libya and syria, tonight we come to you in your capacity as chief foreign affairs correspondent. what do you know on both? >> reporter: well, the president was briefed on this latest incident. today syria, according to the u.s. and nato, attacked turkey, which is, of course, a nato ally and a strong u.s. ally across the border, with mortar fire killing reportedly five civilians in a residential area near the border. turkey then retaliated. tonight there was an emergency meeting in brussels. the nato ministers condemning syria for this attack. and also the president, the white house issued a statement from the national security council. hillary clinton spoke to the turkish foreign minister and said the u.s. will support turkey in this. all ar
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Oct 1, 2012 4:00am PDT
president obama's foreign policy dangerous. romney's debate plan, clearly and concisely explain how he can fix the economy. >> i expect to be able to describe that in a way people will understand, and if they do, i get elected. >> reporter: his running mate paul ryan is already preparing for his own debate a week away. >> i really believe in the policies that we're providing, that we're pursuing. at the end of the day, i'm going to go in there and be me. >> reporter: the post debate rally is already in planning. romney and ryan will be in virginia. the president is staying in co-co. veronica? >> tracie, thank you. >>> nato forces in afghanistan say three international service members and their translator were killed in a suicide bombing in the eastern part of the country this morning. the attack comes on a grim milestone of the war in afghanistan on sunday with the death of the 2000th u.s. service member. relations between international forces and their afghan partners have been pushed to the breaking point by a surge of insider attacks by afghan allies. >>> on this first monday in oct
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Oct 1, 2012 11:00am PDT
president on libya and syria. romney calls the foreign policy dangerous. romney's debate plan is clearly and concisely explains how he can fix the economy. >> i expect to be able to describe that in a way people will understand and if they do, i'll get elected. >> reporter: his running mate, paul ryan is preparing for his debate a week away. >> i really believe in the policies we're providing and we're pursuing. at the end of the day, i'm going to go in and be me. >> reporter: we already know where the candidates will be the morning after wednesday's debate. on thursday, romney and ryan will be in virginia. president obama is remaining in colorado for an event there. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. >>> thank you. the boy scouts of america will inform the police and sheriff's offices of the boys who worked in their ranks. the organization has been keeping information for decades. they have been orders to release the files from 1965 to 1985. now a spokesman for the scouts says the order has prompted them to go through the files to report any and all offenders to the police. >>> spannin
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Sep 30, 2012 3:30pm PDT
month's presidential election, we're beginning a special look at a region at the brink and the foreign policy challenges that america is facing here in syria and afghanistan. richard engel, you have more on that attack today? >> reporter: cooperation between u.s. and afghan forces is the mission now. it is the american exit strategy. but this recent spate of insider attacks seems to show that the exit strategy isn't working. even the scene of the aftermath isn't encouraging. after gang security forces investigating themselves, a training mission where who's in charge, who can be trusted is now unclear. last night an afghan soldier known here as a & a walked up into a group of an unsuspecting group and opened fire. >> in an ensuing exchange of fire, three a & a personnel are reported to have died. we deeply regret the loss of life in this tragic incident. >> reporter: tragic certainly but some commanders have suggested it's cultural misunderstanding. it's the 57 death like this this year. the commanding general here spoke with lester about it. >> we're going to work as hard as we possib
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Oct 8, 2012 12:00am PDT
can make an argument and conservatives have been making an argument especially where foreign policy is concerned the administration has been incompetent. i don't take issue with sununu discussing the incompetence of this administration but to use words like "lazy" and "stupid" which i also heard, that feels lazy and a little easy. chris: i like the way you said that. in other words, a cheap shot at best. >> i wouldn't want him to keep doing it. chris: ok. >> thank you very much, conservatives. you're right, not all conservatives, just a very few. >> like when democrats called george w. bush stupid either. you can't be stupid and get this job. >> it's a lazy argument. chris: for mitt romney, he tries to overcome the stiffness in the debate. maybe his team played this for him hours before. >> governor, if kitty dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer? >> no, i don't, bernard, and i think you know i opposed the death penalty during all of my life. i don't see any evidence it's a deterrent and i think there are better and more effective
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Oct 1, 2012 6:00am PDT
street journal" op-ed from mitt romney leads us to wurntd if he might try to slip in foreign policy as well. he's been criticizing the president quite a bit on libya and syria and that is what he was talking about in that op-ed this morning. the president meantime after a rally in las vegas yesterday now holed up in the desert with john kerry, his debate sparring partner. he's playing mitt romney, trying to get ready for this debate. both sides downplaying expectations. >> barack obama is going to be formidable and i think it will be a good debate, but i certainly would not underestimate what barack obama brings. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: you heard there from the president brand that rob portman, who's been the sparring partner for mitt romney, playing the president obama role in romney's debate prep. now we know where the two of them, both candidates, will be after the debate, the morning after. romney and ryan, a joint appearance in virginia
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Oct 3, 2012 12:35am PDT
every foreign policy question by saying what his conservative base wants to hear. con, obama will answer every foreign policy question by saying, "i killed osama bin laden, bitches," and dropping the mic. [ cheers and applause ] "what do you want me to --" >> steve: "what do you want to do?" >> jimmy: "i don't even need a rebuttal." >> steve: yeah. i'm done. >> jimmy: pro, a candidate has two minutes to answer each question, followed by a one-minute rebuttal, followed by a 30-second opportunity to respond to the rebuttal. con, followed by a one-second opportunity to roll one's eyes and make a wanking motion with one's fist. [ laughter ] you have to have rules. >> steve: that's the rule? >> jimmy: that's the rule. >> steve: wow, things have gotten looser. >> jimmy: pro, tomorrow night's debate will be held at the university of denver's ritchie center. con, when mitt romney heard "ritchie center," he thought the debate was at his house. [ laughter ] [ as mitt romney ] "easy commute. i can go right over there." >> steve: "i can walk right over here." >> jimmy: pro, paul ryan will be
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Sep 30, 2012 7:00am PDT
look at what candidates had to say today. >> mitt romney is hammering the president on foreign policy. >> when president obama was asked about the recent disruption and chaos and violence in the middle east, he said that these were merely bumps in the road. >> reporter: bumps in the road describe what the romney campaign has been unable to avoid in recent weeks. costly distractions and discouraging poll numbers are upstaging the republican message. >> look at what president obama did on the budget. nothing. except borrow and spend. >> when they talk about the culture dependency, about american decline, i can honestly say to you i don't recognize the country they're talking about. >> reporter: vice president biden was fighting for floavote florida, the president was calling on voters to help homeowners. >> we're moving in the right direction. we're not there yet. >> reporter: a point up for debate as presidential candidates get ready for their first showdown on wednesday. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >> this weekend an historic visit from a world renowned peace activist. he gave a speech
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Oct 1, 2012 2:00am PDT
on his handling of the latest foreign policy crisis, the evolving explanation of what exactly happened in libya when our u.s. ambassador was killed more than two weeks ago on 9/11.
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Oct 1, 2012 5:00am PDT
. republicans are calling for more pressure on the president's foreign policy. in today's "wall street journal" romney calls mr. obama's policies dangerous. both sides are downplaying expectations, giving credit to each other as strong debaters. >> he's going to be formidable. it will be a good debate but i certainly would not underestimate what barack obama brings. >> mitt romney is a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> both sides already planning their post debate rallies. romney is in virginia with paul ryan on thursday. president obama will be staying in colorado. >>> 5:43 right now. let's talk a little bit of baseball. long time coming. a's fans waiting a very long time for this, a shot at the postseason. >> exciting. the last time oakland was playing in the postseason was back in 2006. >> i remember. >> christey smi ie smith is liv oakland. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, jon and laura. you know, there is a t-shirt hanging up front in the team
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Sep 30, 2012 6:00am PDT
bush foreign policy of engagement in war in afghanistan and iraq. from the president's point of view, he wanted to narrow the focus, talk about al qaeda, defeat al qaeda. the crowning achievement killing osama bin laden. the nation building work in afghanistan is frankly something that became too difficult, too entrenched for the american people to keep up with. we are there longer than the soviets were there. i think there's a recognition that job was simply too difficult, the notion that we were going to turn around the government, really be able to rebuild the country. there is a phrase that general petraeus used, was iraq good enough and now is iraq good enough, safe enough, stable enough so u.s. forces can come home? >> when you look it at the positions between president obama and mitt romney, is there a lot of daylight in their views of the policy regarding afghanistan? >> frankly, there's not. romney will criticize the president for announcing a firm deadline for withdrawal of u.s. forces. it's long been thought by republicans that doing so would allow the taliban, particularl
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Oct 7, 2012 6:00am PDT
pair needled each other over everything from foreign policy. >> we should not have gone to iraq. afghanistan we had to. >> nobody better live tweet that. >> reporter: and, jenna, this week the real campaign continues. thursday joe biden and paul ryan will have their own throwdown. the vice presidential debate. that comes on thursday. meanwhile, the president flies out to california today. he's raising money. he has a star-studded fund-raiser and concert with katy perry and jennifer hudson. tonight mitt romney continues to campaign in the swing state of florida. jenna? >> mike viqueira at the white house, thank you. david gregory is moderator of "meet the press." good morning. >> good morning, jenna. >> mike talked about fund-raising. both campaigns are in their final push as the election is just a month away. president obama's campaign is nearing the $1 billion mark this election year as far as raising funds. how much of an impact does this type of money have as you near the election? >> well, it becomes important because there's still a lot of views being shaped about the race
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Oct 6, 2012 5:00am PDT
both presidential candidates during the debate on foreign policy. looking ahead to next week, though, we're expected for the vice presidential debates' candidates on thursday. joe biden versus paul ryan. who do you think is going to do well? >> i love them both. i know them both very well. they're both good blue collar catholics. but it's going to be ryan. no doubt about it. listen, joe biden right now is the republican secret weapon. this past week he talked about the fact that the past four years have been brutal for the middle class, who's been buried under obama leadership. then he promised a trillion-dollar tax increase a couple of days ago. we want more biden as republicans. more biden. >> don't underestimate joe biden and his decades of serving washington and knowing washington. paul ryan, i wish you the best of luck. >> and joe biden is a great man and we wish him well, and we hope he keeps talking a lot. >> that's your "morning joe" political wrap. >> and you can catch joe and mika weekdays at 6:00 a.m. eastern. with more now, here's lester. >>> they mentioned the la
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00pm PDT
vice presidential. but foreign policy as well. that's where the obama administration's on the defensive about libya. but i think the entire obama team and the vice president are going to get a lot feistier here. i mean, the president made a decision not to get in romney's face a little bit more, stop him, disagree with him. he didn't bring up the 47%. he had a whole, you know, area to discuss the role of government, and he didn't talk about a philosophical divide. i think they are now going to go become a lot more aggressive because they see an aggressive challenger and it's not enough to do rope-a-dope and sit back and try to sit on a lead. so i think there's going to be a different thought process that goes on. >> zpsavannah, were you surpris we didn't hear the number 47? >> i was. as a matter of fact, an obama adviser told me earl yes today we're not going to play it safe, don't believe those stories we're playing not to lose. but i think that's what we saw the president doing. the other thing he needs to do is really it's the unfinished business of this campaign, is tell the america
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